FILM FEST 919 Preview & Launch Party

FILM FEST 919 Preview & Launch Party

Join us for this special evening at Silverspot Cinema to launch Film Fest 919, set to debut in Fall 2018, which will bring together the best of the Triangle’s culture & cuisine. We are thrilled to welcome the critically acclaimed feature film, THE FLORIDA PROJECT as it comes to Chapel Hill right on the heels of its successful debut at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. The film’s writer/producer Chris Bergoch will be in attendance and will participate in a Q&A with veteran film journalist and FF919 film programmer, Claudia Puig.


Chris Bergoch is well known as the co-writer and producer of the films. Starlet and Tangerine as well as on the television shows, Greg the Bunny, both the IFC and FOX versions and Warren the Ape for MTV. Bergoch is a writer/producer of The Florida Project, where he re-teams up with Starlet and Tangerine co-writer and director Sean Baker. The film was selected in the Director Fortnight section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and can currently be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival where it is being presented as a selection in the Special Presentations.


The latest from Sean Baker (Tangerine) juxtaposes the carefree summer of a spirited kid with the harsh realities dogging the grown-ups in her orbit. In his highly anticipated follow-up to the award-winning Tangerine, filmmaker Sean Baker makes a sincere but wholly unsentimental foray into a community living on the margins of American society. In the process, we encounter two of the most unforgettable characters in the cinema this year: 22-year-old Halley (Bria Vinaite), and her six-year-old daughter, Moonee (Brooklynn Prince).

Halley and Moonee live in a cheap motel near an Orlando freeway, a stone’s throw from a cartoon-inspired theme park. As Halley struggles to keep menial jobs to put a $35-a-night roof over their heads, Moonee grabs every day by the tail by corralling her pals, explore abandoned buildings, and exuberantly prank the motel staff, most notably the ever-patient Bobby (Willem Dafoe). When life takes a further downward spiral, Moonee’s defiant, no-holds-barred love for her mother defines her uncertain future.

Baker’s immersive examination of lives lived in the shadow of a fantasy world holds no clichéd, feel-good lessons about love or families. Instead, it boldly takes us to a place where momentary joys, a mother’s devotion, and a spirited girl called Moonee can find a home.


6:00 – 7:00 pm
  VIP Cocktail reception

7:00 – 7:15 pm   Welcome from festival founders, introduction of The Florida Project by the film’s writer and producer.

7:15 – 9:45 pm   Film presentation and Q&A with Chris and moderated by Veteran Film Critic and festival programmer, Claudia Puig

After Film Presentation and Q & A, party the night away with featured dishes from one of the regions beloved culinary artists.


*This film is rated R and intended for mature audience.